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Kudos, March 2021

Alan Flurry

Apples, amazing students, a major book prize and national research awards, from the NIH as well as the National Institute of General Medicine Sciences, headline the kudos for Franklin College faculty, students, and alumni during March:

Foundation Fellow Zakiyya Ellington came to UGA in part for the big sports atmosphere and in part for the travel associated with her fellowship. She’s studied at Oxford and traveled to Tanzania, Morocco, Spain, France and Costa Rica. The senior from Allen, Texas, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Arabic, a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business analytics

Natarajan Kannan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College and the Institute of Bioinformatics is a recipient of a highly prestigious $2 million Maximizing Investigator Research Award, or MIRA, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

UGA named top institution in the nation for service to student veterans –Athens CEO

Georgia’s lost apple varieties are making a comeback, thanks to the newly planted Heritage Apple Orchard, located at UGA’s Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center in Blairsville, meant to reclaim many bygone cultivars and demonstrate why Georgia once was at the center of the U.S. apple industry. Stephen Mihm, associate professor of history, helped launch the project

Simona E. Hunyadi Murph, an adjunct professor in the department of physics and astronomy, has been selected as a finalistfor the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Research Award.

UGA senior Landon Clark will continue his studies in the biological sciences through the Churchill Scholarship, which funds American students for a one-year master’s program at the University of Cambridge in England

UGA has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students by the U.S. Department of State with 14 students and alumni offered Fulbright awards for 2020-2021

Tania Rozario, assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Franklin College Department of Genetics and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, has received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award Program, which supports early-career investigators of exceptional creativity

Victoria Fonzi, a Foundation Fellow majoring in cellular biology while also pursuing a master’s degree in public health, has traveled the world while learning about ethics, childbirth and neurosurgery. She currently works at Gwinnett Clinic and helps with its COVID-19 testing and protocols.

"Unworthy Republic, The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory" by Claudio Saunt, Distinguished Research Professor and Richard B. Russell Professor in American History, is one of two acclaimed works that will be awarded the 2021 Bancroft Prizes in American History and Diplomacyby Columbia University Libraries

Artist explores intersection of Black culture, Appalachia –AJC features work of UGA art alumna Marie Cochran

Faculty members Timothy Adams Jr. and James N. Moore have been named University Professors, a title bestowed on those who have had a significant impact on the university


Image: Zakiyya Ellington, (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)

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